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What is an EMG for? EMG is a Nerve Study used to determine if there is any nerve damage. It can identify problems of the spine that affect the nerves that exit the spine. This is known as radiculopathy. This can help decide if the arm or leg pain is due to radiculopathy or due to inflammation of the nerve known as radiculitis.

It can also determine if patients have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by showing slowing of the median nerve response that is unique to the condition.

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Can Trigger Points really give immediate relief? Yes. It is one of the most exciting parts of our practice when we see patients come into the office crippled by pain from muscle spasms, receive trigger points and leave feeling better than when they arrived. Many people respond so well that it is the only treatment they need to resolve their pain.

We have been amazed at how well and how quickly trigger points respond to treatment.
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Are the injuries from auto accidents different from other injuries? Yes. Auto accidents involve sudden and often unexpected trauma. Even though the collision may take only a brief time to occur, the injury to tissues can be significant.

The treatment of collision injuries requires specialized knowledge of what tissues are most often injured and how to find these causes. It requires aggressive intervention to prevent the effects from setting in. We are experts at auto accidents and injuries. See Auto Accidents page for more info.
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FAQ: Are the causes of neck pain different than the causes of back pain? http://ow.ly/WcwYd Yes. At a conference we attended, the speaker emphasized this point by stating that the only thing that the neck and back have in common is that their last name is spine. The structures may be the same but the size, orientation, arrangement, and purpose of the structures are very different. This is because the neck holds up the head but the back is the anchor of the upper and lower body.

We are specially trained for 4 years after medical school to understand the structures and the differences between the structures of the neck and the back so we can most quickly find the cause of your pain.

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FAQ: How can you tell what is causing my back pain? http://ow.ly/WcwOj We are experts in finding the source of your back pain. We always start by listening to you because there are valuable clues in your story that help us figure out what is causing your pain. We are like medical detectives always learning from one patient so we can help the next patient even faster.

We use MRI scans to look for soft tissue injuries like disc injuries. We also use X-ray and CT scans to look for bone fractures and alignment problems. We look at bone scans and review ultrasounds to look for other less common causes of your pain. In addition, we perform EMG Nerve Tests to look for nerve related causes of your pain.

Once your story, and your exam, along with addition studies such as your MRI and your EMG narrows down the possible causes of you pain, we then test our suspicion with a precise injection that confirms the source of your pain.

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FAQ: Do you speak Spanish? http://ow.ly/WcwJb Yes. We have a nurse named Mary who was born and raised in Mexico so she speaks Spanish as a native speaker. She helps with translation for people who speak Spanish so we can help patients that speak Spanish in their native language.

In addition, Dr. Andrea Tatro grew up in San Diego and attended a bilingual school where the classes were taught in both English and Spanish, so she is fluent in Spanish also.

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FAQ: Why did Dr. Burke and his team go into the specialty of PMR? http://ow.ly/Wcwtd We chose the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) because we like the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s happiness and help them avoid surgery. We understand that surgery is a scary idea, so we completed 4 years of specialty training to find ways to help you, without surgery.

Rather than getting our patients hooked on a bunch of narcotics and pills, we find out the cause of their pain and aim our treatments directly at the cause so they can return to the life they love.

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FAQ: Do you require referrals? http://ow.ly/WcwfD No. We do not require a referral. We are happy to see people without a referral. In fact, many patients find us by watching TV, looking in the phone book, and browsing the Internet including YouTube and Google. Also, many people call and get scheduled for an appointment after being recommended by their friends that have already received successful treatment.

If your insurance requires a referral, you can still contact us first and many times we can obtain a referral from your primary care, without you having to see them.

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#SpinalStenosis Is a condition that occurs when the structures of the spine begin to crowd the nerves. Learn more: http://ow.ly/TJMeu

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Treatment of a #DiscHerniation is mostly aimed at resolving the inflammation to allow the disc to heal. Learn more: http://ow.ly/TJLRA
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